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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Welcomes Eric Dreiband as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today welcomed the confirmation of Eric Dreiband as the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

“Eric has distinguished himself as an outstanding lawyer and a committed public servant,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “His previous experience in protecting the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals will enable him to effectively lead the Civil Rights Division.”

Mr. Dreiband’s background spans the public and private sector, and also the issues covered by the Civil Rights Division. He previously served as the General Counsel of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from 2003-2005. As General Counsel, he led litigation teams on a number of federal employment discrimination enforcement matters, including enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to his tenure at the EEOC, Mr. Dreiband served as Deputy Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. In this capacity, he helped lead enforcement efforts for the federal government of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, among other laws.

Prior to his nomination by President Trump to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Mr. Dreiband was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Jones Day. Mr. Dreiband received his J.D., with honors, from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and his A.B. from Princeton University.  

Updated October 11, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-1324